Do you feel overwhelmed when shopping for beauty products? Most often, this is because there are a lot of options. How does an eyebrow gel differ from an eyebrow pencil and how to fill them in your eyebrows? Should you contour your face and put on some bronzer? After some time, you might find that your shopping cart is already loaded with redundant items.

Fortunately, you are not alone. Whether you just want to try the latest beauty trends or you are a beginner when it comes to makeup, we’ve got you covered. Here we are going to give you some important information on how to get started.

Get ready cause we are going to give you a crash course about basic makeup for beginners. Discover how to be proficient in your makeup technique and how to obtain a flawless finish.

What Are These Makeup Products?

Whether you are just a beginner or you are already an expert with your makeup look, here is a refresher on what’s inside your cosmetic case. The following is a comprehensive guide to the basics of makeup.

Cosmetic Products for The Complexion

Foundation – There are three types of foundation – cream, liquid, and powder. Its purpose is to smoothen out imperfections and balance your skin tone. Be sure to check which formula works for you. Another important factor to consider when purchasing foundation is the coverage that you desire. Do you want to have full coverage or sheer coverage?

Primer – Primer can either be spray, cream, or gel. To even out your makeup application, you should fill those large pores and fine lines. As a result, your makeup will last longer, run smoothly, and will not look cakey.

Contour and Highlighter – Thanks to these two products, celebs and influencers were able to achieve flawless chiseled faces. Contour colors will diminish, adding more depth to your look. While highlighter will take the light forward. Altogether, both of these products will add more dimension. Contour and highlighter can either be bought in powder, liquid, or cream formulas.

Concealer – The purpose of a concealer is to provide additional coverage on some specific areas such as acne scars, breakouts, dark circles, etc. You can either choose a concealer with a dewy or matte finish, depending on the look that you want to accomplish. Similar to foundations, concealers can also give you different levels of coverage.

Bronzer and Blush – Generally, the contour will generate shadows while bronzer will provide you with a natural, sun-kissed glow that emphasizes and lifts your cheekbones as well as other facial features. On the other hand, blush will add some color to your cheeks. Bronzer and blush can either be bought in powder, cream, or liquid.

Setting Products – In setting your makeup, you can have different choices. Finishing powder will blur pores and smoothen out fine lines to give you an airbrushed finish. For setting your look and putting them in place, you can use a setting powder. Finally, the setting spray locks everything in place and provides you with a dewy glow. Setting makeup is something that you should not skip, even if you only want to have a glowing look. You can powder specific areas such as under your eyes and your T-zone while making the others dewy.

Eye Products

Eyeshadow – Eyeshadow will be applied to your eyelids. Usually, it comes in pigmented cream or powder to highlight your eyes. There are different shades and formulas for the colors. You can either choose satin, matte, duo-chrome, or shimmering. In addition, they also come in different levels of pigmentation.

Eyeshadow Primer – Although primers for complexion include water or silicone. eyeshadow primers provide more grip. In other words, you can ensure that your eye makeup will remain in place throughout the day. Primers ensure that your eyeshadow will last longer. But keep in mind that they might not work well with smudging pencils or cream eyeshadows.

Mascara – Mascara is designed for improving the look of your eyelashes. Mascara can either make your lashes look darker, longer, thicker, or fuller, depending on the formula that you choose. If you are lucky enough to choose the right mascara, then you can achieve all of these.

Eyeliner – The purpose of eyeliner is to define your eyes, improve its shape, and achieve a variety of looks. The eyeliner comes in pencil, liquid, or gel. Be sure to choose an eyeliner that works for you.

Eyebrow Products

Eyebrow Pencil – Typically, eyebrow pencils are used for achieving more hair, providing you with the most natural-looking finish. It is recommended that you should use fine tips so your strokes will look like actual hairs. At the same time, the wax texture resembles actual brow hairs.

Eyebrow Gel – Eyebrow gel will ensure that your brow hairs stay in place. There are different formulas to choose from such as natural, tinted, clear, or extra-hold.

Eyebrow Powder – Eyebrow powder is ideal for beginners and is designed to fill in sparse spots. However, if you don’t have eyebrow powder, then you can use an eyeshadow as a substitute. Most likely, it will give you a similar effect. When choosing a shade, be sure that it looks more similar to your eyebrow color.

Lip Products

Lip Pencil – Lip pencils can be used as an outline when setting boundaries before applying lipstick. At the same time, it can prevent your lipstick from bleeding. Generally, they can help in improving the shape of your lips. If you want to achieve a fuller look, then you can contour your mouth with a lip liner and slightly over-line it.

Lip Primer – Lip primers are primarily used for keeping your lip products stay in place.

Lip Gloss – If you want to achieve a glossy finish, then you can use lip gloss. It comes in different shades such as extremely pigmented and entirely translucent. Depending on which formula you choose, it is best to use its original applicator when using lip gloss. Then, you can use your finger in spreading the product.

Lipstick – Obviously, lipstick will add color to your lips to improve the look of your mouth. It comes in different forms from matte lipstick to liquid lipstick. There are also several shades to choose from.

Beginner’s Guideline in Applying Makeup

Prepare Your Skin

Before you even start applying makeup, it is important that you should prepare your skin by using skincare products. Be sure to cleanse and moisturize your skin and choose a product that is appropriate for your skin type. Keep in mind that makeup will not be properly laid out without these products.

If your skin is not properly prepared, then you won’t be able to accomplish a flawless finish. Instead, you will have a heavy look due to your foundation. Most likely, it will run towards the dry portions of your complexion. Furthermore, your concealer will look cakey.

Use Primer

It is important to understand that not all primers are the same. If you want to obtain the best results, then you should choose the appropriate primer for your skin type. It is advisable that when applying primer, you should do it in fine, sheer layers. If you apply a heavy coat, then the primer will tend to ball or pill.

Obviously, this is not the look that you want to achieve. Instead, try to concentrate on applying a thin coat on your cheeks, forehead, and chin. This can mattify and blur these specific areas, which are commonly the oiliest ones.

Apply Your Concealer and Foundation

Once you are done preparing your skin, it is now in its prime. This is the time that you will begin applying your makeup. Usually, you will start using the foundation, followed by the concealer. However, there are some instances, wherein you might want to use the concealer first. Apply some foundation on your T-zone, particularly your chin, cheeks, nose, and forehead.

Then, blend it into your complexion with the use of a foundation brush. Although you can also use your fingers or a makeup sponge, a foundation brush can help you easily and quickly apply the foundation. This is a perfect option for beginners as well as for those who want to reduce their makeup routine. To obtain a natural finish, you can start by applying a small amount and blending them up.

After applying the foundation, the next thing to do is to apply the concealer. As much as possible, try to concentrate on those areas that you want to conceal such as around your nostrils, under your eyes, as well as any dark spots or blemishes. When concealing, be sure to dab rather than drag. When you apply concealer, you should not spread it, but rather you have to dab it in place. Lightly dab them on the blemishes using a sponge, a concealer brush, or your finger.

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